Waste Characterisation and Classification

WRc informs and guides resource recovery by assessment of feedstock, ash and other waste treatment or industrial processes.

Dr Paul Eades is our expert in Waste Characterisation

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Informed advice for your waste challenges

WRc helps clients to understand the basic characteristics of their wastes - type, quantity, physical and chemical properties and waste classification - in order to make informed recovery option assessments. We also assess other materials and products to advise on end-of-life recovery and disposal options.

We highlight ‘problem’ parameters which may compromise resource recovery goals such as committing zero waste to landfill. This includes routine monitoring of feedstocks and treatment residues from mechanical, biological, chemical and thermal waste treatment processes.

Decisions based on trust and credibility 

WRc works for manufacturers, waste producers and trade bodies across multiple industrial sectors, using bespoke approaches and novel test methods that position us between routine laboratories and universities. As an independent trusted advisor to industry, our verified solutions have credibility with the regulators.

WRc offers sampling plan development to ensure samples and test data are representative. Our full characterisation packages also include biodegradability testing and landfill Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) assessments. We carry out a multi-tiered approach to 15 hazardous property and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) assessments. This is undertaken according to Environment Agency EA/SEPA/NRW guidance WM3 to avoid misclassification of waste.

Experts with proven industry experience

Proven experience supporting waste producers from various industries to improve their processes and achieve their sustainability goals.

Holistic approach to waste characterisation

Specialist lab-based consultancy using waste characterisation to unlock the value of waste on challenging national waste streams.

Trusted and credible within the industry

Trusted, independent partner of key trade bodies working within the waste and resources industry, providing solutions that have credibility with the regulators.

Meaningful and understandable reporting

We care about ensuring you avoid waste misclassification, optimise compliance and safeguard your reputation. Our team provide expert consultancy; we don’t simply supply lab results.

Challenges we solve

  • Testing informed by science
  • Reporting tailored to clients

We ensure comprehensive testing of any wastes with our range of sample preparation equipment, in-house laboratories and approved suppliers.

Our specialists provide coherent reports with expert commentary and interpretation, not just lists of test parameters and data.

WRc specialist Waste Doctors

Our waste and resource specialists also offer management of complex testing programmes using a basket of approved external laboratories, laboratory treatment trials and bespoke characterisation to help industry recover value from waste.

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Dr Paul Eades

Waste and Resource Consultant

Paul has extensive experience in both industry and academia, specialising in waste and resource management, energy and mass balance modelling, life cycle inventory analyses, environmental impact assessment, the assessment on urban form on waste management systems, and scenario development for future waste growth and composition patterns. For a number of years, he has been actively involved with specialist waste characterisation and classification within the Energy from Wastes sector.